Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Inspiring older women who refuse to "dress their age"

Tziporah Salamon
Just a quick link to a story from today's Daily Life: Fashion.

I found this wonderful slide show of ladies aged 60s through 90s who haven't seen fit to tone down their very original and lively senses of fashion.  I think these colorful women demonstrate that there's no reason to embalm oneself in sensible, neutral colors and slimming, classic lines.  Unless you want to, of course.

Writer Kathleen Lee Joe says,
"The fashion industry has the tendency to abandon women once they hit a certain age. After slavishly following the trends throughout our twenties, thirties and forties, we become a largely ignored minority once we hit fifty.

As it stands, high fashion is available to younger women at high street prices, but older women – who are probably in the best position to be spending their savings on clothes – miss out. The glossies, but for the rare and obligatory ‘Age Issue’, stop telling you what you should and should not wear once you hit a certain number.

This shouldn’t be regarded as a bad thing, however. As Alison Lurie would tell you, breaking free from the fashions is a strangely liberating process. As you stop subscribing to trends, you stop dressing to please others and start dressing to please yourself.

When I grow up, I want to be a bag-lady eccentric, moneyed old lady – and I look to these fabulous, over-fifty women for inspiration. These women – a few of whom are regulars on Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style and were recently the subject of a Channel 4 documentary – are a part of a growing demographic. They don’t see age as something to hide from, but something to embrace."
And, news flash:  You can see the complete BBC4 documentary here:  Don't miss it.

Dynamic Divorceés, take a look and be inspired.  Imagine what we can do when we're their age!